|Asst Prof Amir Abdolvand||Advanced photonics relies largely on our ability to “engineer” and “shape” the chemical and geometrical properties of glass as its main building block. In fibre optics, these have resulted in the emergence of speciality optical fibres. These are novel optical fibres with high technological and scientific impact, designed either through materials considerations, e.g. optical fibres from speciality glasses, and/or through structural considerations, e.g. Photonic Crystal Fibres (PCFs)—first proposed by Philip Russell in 1991.
In a broad sense, the primary focus of our research at COFT and LUCI is on the design, fabrication and applications of PCFs for controlled laser-matter interaction. Our activities encompass both experimental and theoretical work on topics ranging from fundamental studies of the interaction of electromagnetic waves with matter, and spectroscopy to the creation of new light sources for applications. At the heart of these studies and applications are the PCFs. These are emerging as ideal platforms for controlled interaction of light and matter, e.g. gases, liquids, solids or plasmas, hosted in PCFs. We tailor PCFs’ characteristics such as guidance window, geometry or dispersion, to match our experimental requirements or to improve PCFs’ performance.
|Prof Anand Krishna Asundi||Prof. Asundi's primary research interests are in the field of photomechanics with specific applications in the fields of micro and nano mechanics, biomechanics, chemical sensing, non-destructive testing and smart structures.
|Assoc Prof Andrew James Kricker||Prof. Kricker's most significant research interest lies in the mathematical ramifications of current developments in mathematical and theoretical physics. To be precise, he is interested in the ramifications of certain developments in quantum field theory and quantum gravity in the fields of topology, algebra, and combinatorics. Prof. Kricker's particular speciality is in so-called "quantum topological invariants". These are invariants of knots, 3-manifolds, and various other low-dimensional topological structures, that arise from Topological Quantum Field Theories. More generally, he has a considerable general interest in the fields that surround this topic: knot theory, the theory of low-dimensional manifolds, Lie algebras, Hopf algebras, representation theory, homological algebra, algebraic combinatorics, and so on.
|Prof Atul N. Parikh||Membrane biophysics
biologically inspired materials
synthetic chemical biology
|Prof B.V.R. Chowdari||Development of electrode and electrolyte materials for energy storage applications including Lithium Ion Batteries.
|Asst Prof Bent Weber||• Atomic and electronic structure of two-dimensional and topological materials
• Quantum information processing science and technology
• Nanoelectronic and quantum device physics
• Low-temperature scanning probe microscopy
• Atomic manipulations and lithography
|Prof (Adj) Boris Lukiyanchuk||Prof. Lukiyanchuk's significant research interests are related to Laser - matter interactions, Chemical processing with lasers, Nonlinear phenomena, Selforganization, Laser-ablation, Nanoclusters, Photo modification in polymers, Laser Cleaning, Plasmonics, Metamaterials, Nanoscopy, Nanooptics, Fano resonances in plasm
|Prof Carlo Sirtori||My research activities are mostly dedicated to light and condensed matter interaction, with a special emphasis on semiconductor low dimensional-structures. The design and realisation of new devices based on the fundamental laws of quantum mechanics are always at the centre of my interests. My continuous interactive dialog with industrial partners has driven these investigations towards the matching of fundamental research with long-term technological needs. A clear example of the mixing between fundamental and applied is the quantum cascade (QC) laser where quantum engineering of artificial electronic and photonic potentials blend in with the realisation of optoelectronic devices.
At present my main research interest are:
- Quantum devices bases on the strong and ultra-strong light matter interaction
- Superradiant devices
- High frequency modulation of QC laser
- THz QC lasers
- Antenna coupled to micro-cavities detectors
- Quantum phenomena in LC-circuit resonators
|Assoc Prof Cesare Soci||We are interested in the fundamental properties of materials related to small dimensionality and large interface area. Understanding these properties is essential to exploit them in emerging technologies, such as renewable energy sources. In particular we focus on two classes of nanostructured materials, namely organic and inorganic semiconductors, and on their interplay, from basic scientific issues all the way to the device level. Some topics of specific interest are:
1. Nanowire synthesis and devices: semiconductor nanowires are synthesized by different approaches, including top-down and bottom-up methods, and lithographic techniques are used to fabricate nanowire arrays and devices.
2. Organic semiconductors: we study the fundamental properties of organic semiconductors and their use in "plastic electronics." In particular we focus on the interplay between charge carrier photogeneration and exciton recombination, which is a determining factor of the performance of organic solar cells, light-emitting diodes and field-effect transistors.
3. Organic-inorganic hybrid systems: we investigate the optoelectronic properties of hybrid organic-inorganic heterostructures specifically targeted to light sensing and photovoltaic applications, combining microscopy, optical and photocurrent spectroscopy, and nanofabrication technologies.
|Assoc Prof Chai Gin Boay||Composite Materials & Structures, Buckling and Failure of Structures,
Practical Application of Finite Element softwares (ANSYS, ABAQUS, MARC/MENTAT).